100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

The Open Man College Basketball 100 continues. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Every Thursday until tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, The Open Man is counting down storylines. Part 2 dives into the SEC, top recruiting classes and NCAA Tournament dreamers. 11. SEC: It Just Means More? John Calipari restored…

2017 NBA Draft is Full of Hidden Gems

NBA draft buzz hovers around the lottery names, which is to be expected. However, team success in the NBA is often the result of unearthing hidden gems from the latter-half of the first round, into the second round. The San Antonio Spurs built around such prospects, drafting Tony Parker No. 28; Manu Ginobili No. 57;…

College Basketball Top 25 Moves

Last week, I shared my observations on trends within the various college basketball top 25 rankings that surfaced following the NBA draft deadline. This week, it was my turn to take a crack at reshuffling projections. AthlonSports.com published my Top 25 Monday morning, and there are several noteworthy changes from the initial outlook I put…

5 For Friday: The Best College Basketball Courts

Welcome to 5 For Friday: the column in which Your Humble Author ranks or highlights five of a given subject. The inaugural edition -- we'll call it "inaugural" since I haven't done one of these in a while -- received too many great suggestions to limit it to one. So while the centerpiece ranks my…

A Kansas Jayhawk Had A Whale of A Day

One of the better individual performances of Week 8 would probably fly under your radar. That's no slight -- I wouldn't have caught it myself had I not caught this amazing exchange via the TuneIn Radio app's broadcast of Kansas-Oklahoma State. "Fish is playing more like a whale." "A killer whale." Local radio broadcasts are…

Four Downs on Week 7: American Rising

The Bowl Championship Series came back from summer break upgraded to College Football Playoff and had become too good for the American Athletic Conference. Since their break-up, the American loaded up with great coaches, began maximizing the potential of some of its programs, and has come back smoking hot. The Playoff didn't know what it…

LaQuan McGowan and The Ever-Evolving Baylor Offense

Through one half in Lawrence, Baylor is paying homage to Georgia Tech-Cumberland College on the game's 99th anniversary. A big part of the deluge is LaQuan McGowan. At around 400 pounds, LaQuan McGowan is big in the most literal sense. But his presence on the offense as a pass-catcher is also big in that other…